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Mate ChoiceThe Evolution of Sexual Decision Making from Microbes to Humans$
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Gil G. Rosenthal

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691150673

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691150673.001.0001

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Mutual Mate Choice

Mutual Mate Choice

(p.201) Chapter 8 Mutual Mate Choice
Mate Choice

Gil G. Rosenthal

Princeton University Press

This chapter introduces another important constraint on mate choice; namely, that choosers are the object of choice themselves. It focuses on the mechanisms underlying mutual mate choice, notably how preferences are dynamically adjusted in light of the chooser being the chosen. It begins with the simplest form of mutual mate choice, when individuals reciprocally prefer each other's phenotypes. It then turns to the widespread phenomenon of mutual mate choice in systems that are socially promiscuous: both males and females mate multiple times, but both males and females express preferences for particular phenotypes in the opposite sex. Mutual mate choice becomes more constrained in social monogamy, where one can only be paired with a single partner at a given time. The chapter discusses how partners reach pairing decisions and how pair bonds are maintained and transgressed in both hetero-and homosexual couples. Finally, it briefly covers the interesting case of mate choice in hermaphroditic species.

Keywords:   mutual mate choice, choosers, social promiscuity, hermaphrodites, pairing decisions, social mate

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